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The Wonder Years is an American television dramedy created by Carol Black and Neal Marlens. It ran for six seasons on ABC, from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988 after ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXII. Set in 1968-1973 (each season took place exactly twenty years before the then current year), the series tackles the social issues and historic events of that time through the eyes of main character Kevin Arnold. Kevin also deals with typical teenage social issues, including those prompted by his main love interest, Winnie Cooper, as well as typical family troubles. The story is narrated by an older, wiser Kevin (voiced by Daniel Stern), describing what is happening and what he learned from his experiences in an alternately nostalgic and ironic tone.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Puberty Kevin's no longer cute
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3 Annoying Preachiness God was this show annoying each week
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4 Way Too Much Stern Narration Why Couldn't Stuff Happen Without It?
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5 Exit Stage Left: Paul Downgraded To Recurring Char?
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6 Winnie Cooper She was endlessly annoying
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7 Exit...Stage Left Kevin's New York Jets Jacket.
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8 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 I would say "The Wonder Years" really boned the fish when the 5th season started. It seemed like the fourth season was going to be the last (hence the 23rd episode titled "The Wonder Years") as it should have been, but, they decided to drag it out for another two more years. Granted, some of the episodes in the last two seasons were great (especially the twist ending), but, I'm glad it ended after that. It worked a lot better when the kids were younger. As soon as Kevin started having a growth spurt, he stopped being a cute little kid, Paul stopped wearing his glasses which made his geeky persona essentially nonexistent, and, as far as Winnie, nothing much I can say about her other than what regular teenagers normally go through during puberty. Another problem I'd also like to point out: Paul and Winnie pretty much took a backseat to Kevin's love life. I know this show pretty much revolved around Kevin's character, but, it seems as though the writers forgot that the whole purpose of "The Wonder Years" was to show a child growing up with his friends and family during that time period. Even the last season started kind of an early '90s vibe to it. All in all, this show will always hold a special place in my heart. I was sad when they cancelled it, but, it was time to let it go. -- Submitted By: (ARNGUS) on September 20, 2015, 5:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 The way it should have ended: Winnie runs off to Chicago with Wayne where he becomes a crooked cop and she gains 372 pounds and has a heart attack and dies. Mr. Arnold converts the basement to a meth lab and becomes a drug czar, Mrs. Arnold buys a car wash to launder the money. They retire at ages 60 and 62 and live happily ever after on their own tropical island with the 10 gazillion dollars they made from meth. Upon hearing that Winnie ran away with Wayne, Kevin seeks comfort from Paul. He realizes he wasted all of the those years trying to score with The Coop when Paul was willing to put out for him. The two of them get married, adopt 3 kids and start a successful chain of car washes, the first one being a wedding present from Kev's mom. Final voice-over: "Yeah, Paul was no Coop in the looks department but he was great in the sack and he was loyal, something that bitch Winnie never was, I mean Wayne? Really? Wayne? I hear she died. Good riddance, bitch. Enjoy hell." (theme music: I Get by With a Little Help from My Friends) Credits roll over a shot of Kevin and Paul riding bikes with their kids and laughing. -- Submitted By: (spacer) on November 18, 2014, 8:58 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
3 This show had a lot going for it the first few years including a fantastic cast that was allowed to do a broad spectrum of stories featuring all of the central characters. Dan Luria and Alley Mills as Mr. and Mrs. Arnold were completely awsome, as was Olivia d'Abo as the older sister and David Schwimmer as her hippie boyfriend. Sadly, the series became obsessed with the love life of Kevin. Episode after episode centered around his never ending quest to bag The Coop. It was ridiculous, contrived and very boring. If they had to do a Kevin story every week, why did they abandon the touching stories about his relationships with his dad, his mom, his siblings, and his best friend Paul? I remember two very moving episodes with Kevin and his dad. The first one they got lost on a mission from mom and ended up talking like friends for hours. In the other one, Dad Arnold took his two boys on a fishing trip. Kevin bitched and moaned the whole time and it took his brother, the usually obnoxious Wayne, to tell him how much the trip meant to their dad, it wasn't about fishing, it was about sharing something precious with his sons. It made me cry the first time I saw it! After that episode the show became a teen soap. Kevin became a 2-dimensional creep and the show no longer held any interest for me. -- Submitted By: (jmac9909) on May 16, 2013, 8:05 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
4 stryker73 is spot on! I really liked this show in reruns, but I end up turning the channel on many of the episodes where Kevin is (again!) obsessing over Winnie. For a male pubescent in the late 1960s to be that "loyal" to one chick seems ludicrous, and Winnie sure wasn't reciprocal! She threw Kevin over for other guys more than once. Kevin had a chance to be with that "Madeline" girl in one ep and pushes her away at the end to chase Winnie (again!). Truly one of the most "Jesus Christ are you kidding me?" moments in TV history. Madeline was a fox! Winnie was average cute at best. I also think it was somewhat realistic the way Paul Pfeiffer is more "recurring" in later seasons. That's how real life can be. Sometimes, you and the kid you palled around with in JHS make different friends in HS, and that's what happened with Kevin. Kevin's new friends didn't take to Paul, and this was addressed in one episode when they were planning a trip, and Kevin's new friends Chuck and Jeff (Giovani Ribisi) tell him they don't plan to invite Paul. Kevin is torn between wanting to fit in with his new friends, and his loyalty to his childhood friend (I guess Paul was no Winnie), so I had less of a problem with Kevin diversifying his friends. I just wish they could have diversified his dates. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on June 29, 2012, 5:04 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Why was he so fixated on Winnie Cooper? Sure she was cute to a boy his age, but through the series he actually had his pick of several pretty ones (my favorite being the French one). I just wish he would've explored his options a little more, that's all -- Submitted By: (stryker73) on June 27, 2012, 6:42 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I agree that the voiceover was a bit excessive. How many times did Daniel Stern say something like, "And then it happened," or "Then I started to realize?" Other than that, I enjoyed the show. Because of musical clearance issues, don't expect to see this on DVD soon. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on March 8, 2012, 2:38 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 As someone who was a kid in the 1970's (Elementary school to Junior High) I really liked this show. 'The Wonder Years' portrayal of the daily life of a middle class family and of suburban American life in general was pretty spot on in my opinion. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on March 8, 2012, 9:20 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I didn't like Paul becoming more of a background character either, but I think this is a realistic portrayal to most friendships in life and how they change, especially between grade school to high school. Kevin and Paul were good friends because they lived close together. When you're a kid, you become friends with people who are within biking distance. Even if you don't have much in common, you have the common bond of convenience. When you get older and start getting more freedom, especially a driver's license, this changes. I saw it with my own old best friend. We grew apart as we got older. Paul and Kevin turned into different people. Paul was concerned with academics and being involved with school. Kevin was concerned with having fun with his friends. Paul was serious about things. Kevin really wasn't. Paul went to prep school for a while and came into Kevin's school an outsider after Kevin got friends. They just changed. I think the poker episode was a good episode to show that they knew they changed and how they still cared about each other, even though they probably would never be close again. That's how it is with my old best friend and I. We talk maybe once a year these days and we still care about each other, but we aren't particularly close. It's realistic for friends like Paul and Kevin to grow apart and I think the show did a good job of showing it, even if it was hard to see as a viewer. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on March 7, 2012, 2:15 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Okay, so Paul never officially left the show, but when he was only showing up once every three or four episodes, I think it was pretty much over. They grew apart. I get that. Kids do that. But, somehow the show wasn't the same when he went from being a main character to a recurring character. -- Submitted By: (TheCeej) on March 7, 2012, 1:27 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 The show was at it's best when Kevin was cute and charming. When he got older and more awkward, the show lost its charm. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 6, 2010, 8:51 am - (8 votes) - Login to Vote
11 This show was great! For those old enough to have lived in (or through the 60's,) it was nostalgic. The music, the clothes, the dynamics were all a trip down memory lane. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on November 9, 2009, 2:47 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
12 I watched this show when I was younger and I also agree the narration was too much. -- Submitted By: (kitchenbreak) on April 2, 2009, 1:24 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Kevin couldn't so much as take a step without Stern narrating decades after the fact why such-and-such happened and what the teen Kevin was 'really' thinking! If they had just had the narration at the show's opening/close like 'The Waltons', it would have been so much better! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on March 24, 2009, 6:09 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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